Why Family History of Colon Cancer is Important

Two-time cancer survivor David Dubin urges you to map your family history of colon cancer.


For someone who has a family history of cancer, David Dubin’s advice is to have a conversation with relatives and map the history of any cancers that may have occurred. This is important because historically, people haven’t always been willing to be as open with an illness like cancer as they are now. It is also important to inform your medical professionals of any family history so they can take any special measures that may be necessary.

If you aren’t able to piece together your family history of colon cancer Dave recommends genetic testing, which has entered the market for lower costs than previously. It is a good way to see your risk levels and patch together any question marks in your genetic history. For more, watch the video below:

David Dubin:  I am David Dubin, two time colon cancer survivor, founder of Alive and Kickn and advocate and here is my advice to anyone who has the family history of colon cancer.

For someone who has a family history of cancer, even of colon cancer or any cancers, my advice would be have a conversation with others. Make the family tree, you know it’s like you did as a kid. Make a big mural of a tree and put everyone’s name on it and their history because you know if you think back time and you know history is a tough one, you know you may find that someone died of cancer and you know, it was a 100 years ago or 40 years ago or 60, whatever the number it may be, you may not know what that cancer was. Got to remember there was a time when people didn’t say they had breast cancer.  They didn’t say they had colon cancer, whatever they didn’t designate the part so to speak.

So put together the family history if you can and have the conversation with your fellow family members, see what they went through because if you find one side of the family had this type of cancer and the other side of the family had this type of cancer and now you are the merger of two of these branches.  You know you could be right smack in the middle of it. And then of course have a conversation with your medical professionals.  You know, I will be the first to say that I was misdiagnosed like a whole lot of other younger colon cancer people diagnosed with colon cancer.  You know your initial reaction from your doctor may be, “Oh, thats just stress” or may be you know hemorrhoid bleeding or something like that, yet you know right smack in the middle of my chart, it says family history of colon cancer, so it can happen to the best of us.

Talk about it, put down on paper what you know, what others know and try and put pieces together and if the pieces add up to question marks or potential question marks, you can get some genetic testing done relatively inexpensively now.  Lot of the stuff is over-the-counter at your doctor’s office.  I think its couple of hundred dollars now. We are not even talking about couple of thousand, probably covered by insurance and you can find out a whole lot of information within a few weeks and from there, you make a decision.

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